Heart attacks have recently been found to be a potential side effect associated with the use of prescription testosterone gels like AndroGel. What makes this all the more frightening is that heart attacks are already the #1 killer of men and women in the United States, and that’s among people who do not use testosterone. This article discusses the steps you can take to prevent becoming a heart attack statistic.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack after taking AndroGel, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of AndroGel and we can help.
Top 10 Ways to Prevent a Heart Attack
- Exercise – When you exercise, your muscles get stronger and healthier. Your heart is a muscle, so the same thing goes for it. Do a half hour of cardiovascular exercise at least 3 times per week. To get into optimal shape, push the same workout to 5-7 per week.
- Sleep – In today’s fast-paced world, many of our basic needs don’t get met – sleep is 1 of them. Doctors recommend most people should get approximately 8 hours of sleep per night. Recent studies have found that more than half of adults in the U.S. have trouble sleeping, and less than 40% get the recommended amount nightly. Not only does being sleep-deprived hinder your performance, but research indicates that it can have poor effects on your blood pressure and heart, too.
- Aspirin – In 1998, the FDA recommended that people who have had a previous heart attack should start taking an aspirin each day to help prevent recurrent attacks. At low doses, aspirin can prevent clotting by thinning the blood. If your blood isn’t clotting, your heart attack risk is significantly lower.
- Lower your cholesterol – Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) can enter the walls of your blood vessels and attach themselves there. Once enough LDL accumulates, it turns into plaque. Over time, the plaque can rupture and block the vessels, causing a heart attack.
- Decrease blood pressure – If your blood pressure is anything under 120/80, you’re doing fine. Measurements between 120-139/80-89 are considered “prehypertension”, and above this is classified as “high”. The 1st step in controlling your blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. If you learn that you have high blood pressure, your doctor will likely recommend that you eat less fatty foods, reduce your salt intake, quit smoking, and, if you’re a testosterone user, to discontinue use of the supplements immediately.
- Lower stress – Stress can have severe effects on the body. A region in the brain called the hypothalamus sets off an alarm whenever a person becomes stressed. This alarm triggers the adrenal glands to release a surge of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, signaling a “fight-or-flight” response. The heart rate goes up, raising the blood pressure and boosting energy supplies. If you’re always stressed, your body thinks it’s always being threatened, which is not a good thing for the heart.
- Quit smoking – When a person smokes cigarettes, the burning of the cigarette creates carbon monoxide, the same chemical that’s emitted through a car’s tail pipe. The carbon monoxide you inhale takes the place of oxygen that’s carried to the heart by the red blood cells. This poisons those cells and keeps them from carrying oxygen to the heart, and from the heart out to the rest of the body.
- Get regular medical checkups – Preventive health screenings can tell you a lot about your risk for cardiovascular disease. Doctors recommend that you start getting your blood pressure assessed every 2 years once you reach the age of 18. You should also have your cholesterol levels checked regularly, or as often as your doctor thinks is necessary.
- Know your family medical history – Some people are genetically predisposed to certain diseases and illnesses, and heart disease is no exception. If your father died from a heart attack before the age of 50, this increases your risk of suffering the same fate significantly. Even the healthiest people are helpless when it comes to the genes they inherit.
- Eat right – The old saying “you are what you eat” really is true. If you persist on a diet that is high in fat, cholesterol and sodium, then you and your heart are going to pay the price. Adopting a healthy diet is the single most important thing you can do to improve your heart health. It will help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and limit the amount of harmful fat you consume.
Can I File an AndroGel Heart Attack Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file an AndroGel Lawsuit, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of testosterone supplements, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of heart attack.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of AndroGel, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your heart attack, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I have an AndroGel Heart Attack Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in AndroGel Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new AndroGel heart attack cases in all 50 states.
Free AndroGel Heart Attack Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had a heart attack after taking AndroGel, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an AndroGel Heart Attack Suit and we can help.